Despite weeks of rolling blackouts, fire has come again to California wine country. The Kincade fire has so far burned many thousands of acres, dozens of houses, and several historical buildings at some of the largest wineries in the region. We extend our deepest sympathies to those who have suffered losses, and fervently hope for […]
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BevAlc Roundup | Fire Comes to Wine Country; Day of Action on CBMTRA; Terroir for Spirits
BevAlc Roundup | Follow-up on Texas Audits of DtC Shippers, 2019 to be a “Perfect” Vintage, and Better Yeast Makes Better Alcohol
This last week brought some unique challenges to businesses and residents of California, with the major electricity company, PG&E, shutting down services over several days. While seeking to avoid the devastating wildfires of past years is certainly a desirable end, the power outages bring their own problems, including complicating one of the busiest tourist seasons […]
7 FY19 Statistics that Show Where the Beverage Alcohol Industry is Headed
ShipCompliant by Sovos recently closed the books on our fiscal year, and we’re looking back on the accomplishments of our clients, partners and industry. Since we entered the market, ShipCompliant by Sovos has helped customers pay more than half a billion dollars in tax to states through 1.8 million sales and excise tax reports. Now, […]
BevAlc Roundup | New York Goes “PRO,” Successfully Managing DtC Sales Over the Holidays, and Winemaking in a Dry Climate
Fall has officially set in here in the Northern Hemisphere, meaning that it’s also officially the busy (well, busier) season for the beverage alcohol industry. While harvests are winding to a close, that just means hectic weeks and months of processing grapes, hops, and other agricultural products lie ahead. And the holiday shopping season is […]
BevAlc Roundup | The Problem With Wine Tariffs, White Claw’s Very Good Summer, and How to Import Alcohol
With September now halfway over (!), we are rapidly moving through the harvest and into the busy holiday shopping season. This can be an extremely hectic time of year, with lots going on, and so we hope you can relax for a little bit and enjoy our Roundup. This week, we look at Florida, which […]
BevAlc Roundup | Amazon’s Liquor “Stores,” Mid-Year DtC Report, and Valuing a Winery
We at ShipCompliant hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! For our part, we’ve put up our white clothes and are preparing for the busy fall-winter period for the beverage alcohol industry. This is always a hectic time of year, with harvesting running apace leading into the holiday season when consumers look for […]
BevAlc Roundup | Whither DtC Shipping of Alcohol, Wine and Climate Change, and Revamping Nonalcoholic Beer
BevAlc Roundup sharing regulatory news and industry updates.
BevAlc Roundup | California to Increase Licensing Fees, Wine Economic Trends, and Improve Your Wine Descriptions
Now that it’s the middle of July, we can definitively say—it is hot out! Seemingly everywhere in the U.S. has been reporting record temperatures with little respite when the sun goes down. Wherever you are—whether out tending to grapevines or in an office—we hope you’re staying cool and well hydrated. (I think we can all […]
TTB Announces Real and Potential Regulatory Relief
During a week when most of us were busy with hot dogs and fireworks, the Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued two announcements that could prove to bring real benefit to the beverage alcohol industry. Removal of Standard of Fill First, on July 1, the TTB issued a press release announcing a deregulatory proposal that […]
What the Tennessee Wine & Spirits Ruling Means for DtC Wine Shipping
Supreme Court Rules Against Tennessee’s Discriminatory Residency Requirements After months of waiting by the beverage alcohol industry, the United States Supreme Court published its ruling in Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Ass’n v. Thomas on June 26, 2019. The 7-2 opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito, clearly and definitively struck down a rule in Tennessee […]
BevAlc Roundup | Industry Urges Permanent Tax Relief, American Single Malt Definition, and We Still Drink What the Romans Did
With only a couple weeks left in the Supreme Court’s 2018-2019 term left, and still no ruling in the Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Ass’n v. Thomas case, a lot of anxious attention is being paid by the beverage alcohol industry. A decision in this case, immediately about residency requirements for liquor retailers but more […]
BevAlc Roundup | Where DtC Shipping of Wine Is Still Not Allowed, the NFL Eases Advertising Restrictions, and American Single Malt
Last week we hosted our annual ShipCompliant by Sovos Wine Summit at the Napa Valley Marriott, which was a rousing success! Thanks so much to everyone who turned out, from our fantastic list of presenters and speakers to our wonderful users and audience. At the conference, we presented on regulatory updates, ways to improve your […]
BevAlc Roundup | California Revamps Sales Tax Rules, What’s Impacting the DtC Market, and Is Climate Change Affecting How Wine Tastes?
We are now a little over a week away from our 2019 ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance Wine Summit. This annual event, previously known as the DIRECT conference, is one of the highlights of the year for us at ShipCompliant by Sovos, as we are able to connect directly with our users on what is happening […]
Roundup: Oklahoma Distribution, Black Wine Consumers, Climate Change
Oklahoma Distribution Laws Get Contentious, Why Doesn’t The Wine Industry Pursue Black Consumers?, and Climate Change and Wine During this last couple weeks, there came and went the dubious — or at least psuedo — holiday of 4/20, a day based around consuming cannabis (thankfully, alcohol still has almost every other holiday claimed for its […]
BevAlc Roundup | TTB Labeling Comments Period Extended, Record California Grape Crush in 2018, and Be Your AVA’s Champion!
Last week saw the publication of a number of industry and agricultural reports from 2018, including global grape production, California wine crush, and craft beer sales, and we’re happy to say that more-or-less everything looks positive. Even the lower-than-in-the-past growth numbers for craft beer are a sign of continued success, especially when considered against other […]
BevAlc Roundup | Handling Prop 65 Notices, the Fastest Growing Breweries, and What Makes it “Tennessee” Whiskey?
It might seem like a joke, but it’s April already! No matter how much it may feel like 2019 is zipping past, though, we still appreciate taking the time to look around and catch up on everything that’s going on to affect the beverage alcohol industry. For that, we provide the Roundup. This week we […]
BevAlc Roundup | TTB Continues Consignment Sales Investigations, Wine Exports Drop in Last Year, and How to Beat Counterfeit Wines
In the last Roundup, we predicted that the cold winter weather was finally on its way out — and then large parts of the country were hit by intense snow storms! We’ll chalk that up to a coincidence this time, and continue to extend our hopes for a warm, pleasant and imminent spring. Though as […]
BevAlc Roundup | Oregon Set To Impose Wine Labeling Rules, Announcing FedEx’s Hold-at-Locations Services for Wine Shipments, and Whiskey Bottles Don’t Need Corks
This week we look at a bill to expand direct-to-consumer shipping of wine in Kentucky and how the state’s bourbon industry feels left out, the Silicon Valley Bank’s annual direct to consumer survey is open — something we recommend everyone to respond to — and scientists say that today’s beer might be tomorrow’s cannabis products.
BevAlc Roundup | Craft Beverage and Modernization Act Part Deux, the Oregon Wine Symposium is a Success, and Zinfandel’s Curious History
For the Roundup this week we look at the slate of beverage alcohol bills before the California legislature in 2019, the DtC Report confirms Nielsen data showing strong growth in Oregon wines, and what the new face of whiskey drinkers is and why it’s a welcome change. In case you haven’t heard, the 2019 DtC […]
BevAlc Roundup | Agencies Extend Trade Practice Enforcement, How Could a Great 2018 Harvest Affect Prices Ahead, and What’s in a Bubbly Wine?
As 2018 comes to a close, we at ShipCompliant by Sovos want to extend our deepest appreciation to all our clients, partners, and regular readers. We know it is such a privilege for us to be able to work in this industry and interact with so many fantastic people. We have very high hopes for […]
BevAlc Roundup | ADA Compliance for Winery Websites, Pabst and MillerCoors Clash, and Southern Oregon Wineries Blend Tradition and Modernization
For the second year in a row, this season — the post-harvest and pre-holiday time — is being marked by devastating wildfires in both North and South California. While this year’s conflagrations have not directly affected wine country as last year’s did, the fires’ toll does not occur in isolation. Everyone is impacted when communities […]
BevAlc Roundup | A DtC Initiative in New Jersey, Brewers Say They’re Preparing for Climate Change, and New Grape Varieties Found in Chile
Happy Halloween! We hope that everyone celebrates the fall season — the colorful leaves, the harvest, the night of spooks and treats — festively and safely. While you’re at it, why not also celebrate with the Roundup? This week we report on a tax change occuring in Colorado that may affect wineries shipping DtC into […]
BevAlc Roundup | U.S. Supreme Court accepts certiorari in Tennessee retailer case, a potential recession in the wine market, and alcohol myths get debunked.
Last week, on Thursday night, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Tennessee Wine & Spirits v. Byrd Clayton, causing the beverage alcohol regulation community into a tizzy. Though the case has the potential to mix up years of three-tier jurisprudence (particularly whether retailers can equally participate in the DtC shipping market), these are still […]
BevAlc Roundup | 5 New Washington AVAs, the Mid-Year DtC Sales Review, and How to Avoid Bad Label Design
Over the next couple weeks here at ShipCompliant, we will be getting prepared for Oklahoma to open up to DtC shipping of wine on October 1; if you are interested in knowing what is required to ship wine to Oklahoma residents, you can find more information here. But for everyone else, there’s still the Round […]
BevAlc Roundup | Tariffs affect the industry, TTB levies its heaviest fine ever, and are regulations hampering the adoption of new technology?
We held our annual Wine Summit event on May 31, at the Napa Valley Marriott. The Summit was once again a fabulous occasion, full of regulatory updates, looks at market trends, and tips and tricks to improve DtC and three-tier sales. If you missed it, or just want to refresh your memory, read our follow-up […]
BevAlc Roundup | Retail DtC rules examined, how the alcohol industry can deal with sexual harassment, and beer does make you feel differently than wine.
In today’s roundup, we continue our examination of retailer Direct-to-Consumer rules, how wholesalers impact laws regarding how beverage alcohol gets distributed, whether wine labels should include ingredient lists, and how different beverage alcohol products affect your emotions in different ways. TTB Newsletter | Top stories include six new approved grape varieties for American wines and […]
BevAlc Roundup | Federal tax relief could be included in Senate’s overall tax reform plans, high hopes for the 2017 vintage, and we now know wine is older than we thought.
In today’s round up we go through a review of the rules for interstate wine shipping based on an interview with ShipCompliant’s own Alex Koral, examine an all-time low in global wine production, and look at the problems of categorizing whisky. TTB Newsletter | Top stories include upcoming updates to permits online and […]
BevAlc Roundup | Shipping rules for retailers and wineries across the country, global wine production at all-time lows, and a record cost dram proves to be a fake.
In today’s round up we go through a review of the rules for interstate wine shipping based on an interview with ShipCompliant’s own Alex Koral, examine an all-time low in global wine production, and look at the problems of categorizing whisky. TTB Newsletter | Top stories include updates to formula information pages and notice […]